The House of Niccolò
vol. 5
The Unicorn Hunt

Scorpio/Detail afrom Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

Sagittarius/Detail from Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry
Nicholas's brief marriage to Gelis has already foundered. Gelis's son Jodi, who she herself says was fathered by Nicholas's enemy Simon, becomes a pawn in the competition between them. An attempt at reconciliation on the part of Father Godscalc meets with no success.

Together with Adornes niece Kathi, Nicholas is not only searching for the child he believes is his; he is also on the trail of the African gold, which has mysteriously vanished. New hints about the lost ship and its valuable cargo point to the Vatachino, a competing trading company. Who could be pulling its wires? The puppeteers remain in the dark.

Tyrol and its silver mines, Scotland under a young Stuart king, Egypt and the Holy Land, and finally Venice at carnival time mark the stages in the hunt of the title: the race between Nicholas and Gelis.

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